[Marxism] Philippines: People's Caravan delivers aid, slams gov't inaction
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Wed Nov 20 00:05:58 MST 2013
On November 19, organisers held a press conference, followed by a planning
session for more the next People's Caravan. Below is a statement organisers
read to the press on behalf of the People's Caravan, underneath a video on
their work. You can donate to their relief
*For a People’s Response to Address the Failure of Government*
The country and its people are facing an extraordinary emergency situation
in the aftermath of the Typhoon Yolanda devastation. The destruction of a
significant portion of Visayas has been described as a development crisis,
as distinct from a humanitarian crisis, by some development agencies.
On Wednesday, November 13, we launched the first People’s Caravan: a
people’s initiative to provide relief assistance to the communities in
Samar and Leyte.
In Leyte, the People’s Caravan travelled through 20 kilometres of
devastation, encompassing Tacloban City, and the towns of Palo and Tanauan.
We saw a flattened city and ruined towns, where the dead, wrapped in black
plastic bags, mingled with the living -- women and men, hungry children and
babies -- who kept watch along the streets, and in the darkness of night,
without electricity, huddled around blazing bonfires.
-- “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker
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